Want to think more about your fertility?
your contraception “Even after stopping the combined oral contraceptive pill, the ovaries can take time to kick back into gear as the pituitary gland starts to release hormones again,” says Dr Sneha Wadhwani. “This can take up to a year. Long-acting contraceptives such as IUDs, and Implanon are far more reversible and able to restore pre contraceptive fertility within 2-3 weeks of removal.” 2Lead
a healthy lifestyle
“Eggs are cells, and as such they are subject to damage by environmental factors,” she says. “It’s estimated by some researchers that up to 13 per cent of infertility can be attributed to cigarette smoking. Toxic chemicals such as those in cigarettes, excessive alcohol consumption and illicit drugs can all adversely affect the development of healthy eggs.” 3Talk about your medication
If you’re on medications, you should review them with your doctor, as some can also affect fertility. 4Check your family history “Women can be up to six times more likely to enter into early menopause if female relatives have experienced the same,” she says. And management of conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome is important when it comes to fertility. 5It’s
not just women
“A male factor is present in up to 50 per cent of infertility cases,” she says, “with sole responsibility of 30 per cent and contributing factor in 20 per cent. Male fertility can start to decline from 40-45, and infertility can result from anatomical or genetic abnormalities, disease, infection, trauma, and lifestyle factors.”
Gyn & Tonic has a fertility retreat in Sydney, April 18. gynandtonic.com.au.